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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 08:47:08 -0800
Subject: Mr. Samuel Kunte

Mr. Samuel Kunte
London  England

Dear Sir,
This letter was borne out of my sincere desire to establish a
business/mutual relationship with you.

My name is Mr. Samuel Kunte, the son of Chief Bature Kunte (the formal
deputy minister of finance under the ousted civilian government) who
was killed and mutilated by the military junta led by Major, Paul
Koroma after over-throwing the elected government of President Tijan Kabba.

Though, I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events and
disturbances in Sierra Leone but the pressure of war drove me and my
mother out of Sierra-Leone into exile in England where we have been
living under political asylum for 3years.

Sadly, my mother died of cancer 3 months ago and was buried in England.
Prior to her death, she handed me over a certificate meant for a secret
deposit which my father made in a security company in Spain, the
deposit that worth US$25,000,000.00 (twenty-five million united states
dollars only) was money paid to his corporation by its overseas company
the heat of the conflict. He made this savings on his name with the
hope of converting it to his personal use, at the end of the war; but was
killed when the conflict intensified as a result of his opposition to the
rebel forces. I have contacted the security company to confirm the deposit
and establish ownership.

Due to the death of my mother and the return of peace in Sierra-Leone,
I have decided to solicit for the participation of an honest and trust
worthy person or company that will assist in the transfer and business
re-investment of the money. I can not do it alone due to my present
social status and total ignorance of the business world. You will be
given a negotiable percentage at the end of the transaction.
If you are interested in the above proposal, contact me immediately
through this e-mail address for more

You must maintain absolute confidentiality to ensure success. Please,
indicate your personal Tel/Fax nos. when replying.

Best Regards.


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